What's Going On...

Energy Use

posted Mar 25, 2017, 4:18 PM by Tony Francescutti

What is the difference between an incandescent light bulb and an LED bulb? The answer is a lot more than you might think. Students recently worked with our friends at VEEP to learn about the amount of electricity that is needed to light an older incandescent bulb versus a new LED bulb, and the savings associated with that. They learned how we harness electricity from the energy that is all around us. Students also participated in an energy audit of their house and received six LED bulbs for their work. :)

Heart Dissection

posted Mar 25, 2017, 4:10 PM by Tony Francescutti

We just finished up our studies on the circulatory system and our learning target was, "I can identify the parts of the heart, how it works and why it is such an amazing organ". One of our activities to help us better understand was a sheep heart dissection. The students were broken into four groups and used a checklist to attempt to identify the parts of their sheep heart. 

Solar System

posted Feb 21, 2016, 7:11 AM by Tony Francescutti   [ updated Feb 21, 2016, 7:15 AM ]

We've been studying the solar system and really trying to put the scale and size into a perspective that we can understand. This video really helped. You should check it out!

NYC Bound?

posted Feb 21, 2016, 6:10 AM by Tony Francescutti

As you already know, we are planning on going to New York City in mid May as a celebration of all that we accomplished this year and also to experience life in the city, see iconic places, and improve our fitness. Our current fundraiser will help us close the gap on the cost, so we hope everyone will participate. 
Last time we went to NYC, we walked about 26 miles in the two days that we were there. We have a lot of tired feet by the end of the second day, but they all had an amazing experience and went home happy :) Starting at the beginning of March, we begin walking before recess every day, so we get ourselves in shape for the big adventure in the urban jungle. Should be awesome! I'll be sending home more NYC info soon. Thanks for all of your support!

Hard Working Scholars

posted Jan 7, 2016, 3:20 PM by Tony Francescutti   [ updated Jan 7, 2016, 3:23 PM ]

Happy New Year! I am excited about several of the projects that I have planned for the last 100 days of school this year. W
e are able to do so many of these because we have been working hard as a team. Here you can see our whole team class Dojo score for school year to date (click on the image). This is a good time for you and your child to look at his/her Dojo profile and think of some ways that they can help our learning community. We can all improve somewhere, so set a goal for the next few months :)
Thanks so much! - Francescutti Sensei


posted Aug 21, 2015, 11:38 AM by Tony Francescutti   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 11:43 AM ]

We will kick our exciting year off with weekly visits to the Rutland StarBase through the month of September. StarBase is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program that provides the students some awesome hands on opportunities in the physical sciences. We will learn about computer aided design, robotics, all sorts of physics and will all test our rocket design abilities by building and firing off our very own model rockets. This is the kind of thing that Sir Isaac Newton would have swooned over as a kid. 

MacBeth? MacDuff? MacAwesome!

posted Mar 15, 2015, 10:28 AM by Tony Francescutti   [ updated Mar 15, 2015, 10:28 AM ]

We rocked MacBeth at the Middlebury Town Hall Theater the other night. Stay tuned for more photos of our experience :)

To Be Or...

posted Feb 10, 2015, 5:57 AM by Tony Francescutti

Over the last few weeks the SCS Scholars have been working with friends from the Middlebury Town Hall Theater and learning a lot about William Shakespeare. Once a week we have been creating and acting out scenes from MacBeth, one of Shakespeare's most popular and tragic plays. We'll be performing an act from this play at the Town Hall Theater in mid-March. I'll post more information later.

Japanese Studies

posted Jan 4, 2015, 4:36 PM by Tony Francescutti   [ updated Jan 4, 2015, 4:40 PM ]

(Nihongo o wakarimasu ka?)
Well, do you speak Japanese? 
Your child does. We've been studying and learning all about Japan and the Japanese language in the 4/5/6 this year. It's just one of many of our scholarly endeavors this school year. 
One of the best ways to learn about your own culture is to look at another. Ask your child about their favorite thing about our Japanese studies.
Check out our presentation here.

Student Led Conferences

posted Nov 13, 2014, 10:51 AM by Tony Francescutti   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 10:54 AM ]

Student led conferences will be taking place next Wednesday. SLC's are a little bit different than your typical parent conference experience. Students take charge and spend most of the evening sharing with you about their year so far and some of the things that they are most proud of. When you come, be prepared to listen and help with goal setting for the next 60 days of school. 
See you there!

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